Author: Harper Fox
Narrator: Rusty Coles
Publisher: audible studios
Cover Artist: Unknown
Story Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.75 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 12/09/2017
Length: 08 hours 56 minutes
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance
Laurence Fitzroy is trapped in a golden cage. The only son of a wealthy London baronet, he’s struggling to escape his father’s suffocating world. But Laurie is losing his fight. At 19 years of age, bright and imaginative, he’s no match for the brutal Sir William. Laurie wants to be an actor – bad enough as far as Sir William is concerned, but, worse than that, he’s gay.
One bitter winter night, he meets a young homeless man huddled in blankets outside the opera house. The two form a bond straight away, and Laurie takes him home, wanting only to offer him food and a warm bed. But Sasha is a passionate Romani immigrant, and his beauty and sweet nature soon overwhelm Laurie’s chaste intentions, leaving him hopelessly in love.
Laurie and Sasha reach out desperately to one another from their different worlds, and against all odds begin an affair, hidden in the attics of Laurie’s sumptuous home and on the bleak moorland of a Romani encampment. For Laurie, it’s a delicious sexual awakening, and Sasha returns his affections, opening up to him a whole new world of freedom.
But Sasha has secrets, and a murky, violent past. When he vanishes, he leaves Laurie bereft and alone in a city he hardly recognizes any more. Now Laurie has to stand on his own two feet and find the strength to rescue his lover – and himself.
I adored A Midwinter Prince; Its tone, its subject and plot, its beautiful language. Laurie and Sasha came to life and their story made me feel things.
Quick note, it is shelved as historical on Goodreads many times, but it is not, in fact, a historical. It is a contemporary setting that this heir of a baronet and Romani refugee come together in.
A Midwinter Prince is very much a coming of age novel. The characters, especially Laurie, really grow as people throughout the book.
I thought it was well researched and wonderfully executed. The Romani camp came to life as did the tiny apartment in the East End. The descriptions of life on the streets and living poor felt so real. There were a few spots that I felt implausible – mostly the last sex scene – but other than that, I enjoyed every minute. I had to force myself to stop listening so I could go to bed!
This audio book had a bonus of the first chapter of the next book. I usually don’t like listening/reading the first chapter ahead of time, but I was still driving when the main book ended so I thought I’d give it a go. It definitely made me want the next book right away! So pick this up, and enjoy!
Rusty Coles is a new to me narrator. I really enjoyed listening to his voice and accents. Every character was distinct, and I could hear the personality in every voice. His Romani accent vs his English vs his American vs his French were all perfect to me. I look forward to hearing more from him!
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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